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Conservation Biology: Research Priorities for the Next Decadeby Michael E Soule
Synopses & Reviews
One of the fastest growing scientific disciplines in recent history is conservation biology. A response of the scientific community to the massive environmental changes taking place on Earth, its goal is to enable society to anticipate, prevent, and reduce ecological damage, and to generate the scientific information from which effective conservation strategies and policies can be designed and implemented.
In 1989, the Society for Conservation Biology and Island Press produced Research Priorities for Conservation Biology, a slim volume that set forth the findings of experts who had gathered to outline research needs for the near future, and which served as a guidepost for the field throughout the 1990s. In January 2000, leaders of the Society for Conservation Biology convened a similar group to reach consensus on where the field now stands and to determine the major, compelling research priorities for the next decade. Conservation Biology: Research Priorities for the Next Decade presents the results of that gathering.
A final synthesis chapter brings together cross-cutting themes that integrate the diverse topics within the context of global biodiversity loss, and presents a call to action for scientists and others working in the field.
Conservation Biology: Research Priorities for the Next Decade represents an indispensable guide to the research that is most urgently needed to support effective conservation, and will be must reading for anyone involved with the field of conservation biology.
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Definition of research priorities is the unifying theme in ten articles stemming from a gathering of the Society for Conservation Biology in early 2000. Like the contributors, editors Soul<'e> (emeritus, U. of California, Santa Cruz) and Orians (emeritus, zoology, U. of Washington) are leaders in the field of conservation biology, and they provide introductory and concluding chapters. Coverage includes species at risk, human alteration of food webs, exotic species, habitat fragmentation, soil and sediment invertebrates, oceans, health sciences, global environmental change, and ecological restoration. For biologists, resource managers, and policy makers.
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One of the fastest growing scientific disciplines in recent history is conservation biology. This indispensable guide focuses on the research that is most urgently needed to support effective conservation, and is essential reading for anyone involved with the field of conservation biology. Tables, photos, figures, & index.
About the Author
Michael E. Soule is professor emeritus of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He co-founded the Society for Conservation Biology, and served as its first president; he also co-founded The Wildlands Project and is currently its science director.
Gordon H. Orians is professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Washington, and co-editor of "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Tropical Forests" (Springer-Verlag, 1996).
Table of Contents
P. Dee Boersma
Gordon H. Orians and Michael E. Soule
2. Assessment and Management of Species at Risk
Georgia M. Mace, Jonathan E. M. Baillie, Steven R. Beissinger,
and Kent H. Redford
3. Human Alteration of Food Webs:
Research Priorities for Conservation and Management
Fiorenza Micheli, Gary A. Polis, P. Dee Boersma, Mark A. Hixon,
Elliott A. Norse, Paul V. R. Snelgrove, and Michael E. Soule
4. Exotic Species and Conservation: Research Needs
Carla D'Antonio, Laura A. Meyerson, and Julie S. Denslow
5. Habitat Fragmentation: Consequences, Management,
and Future Research Priorities
Kendi F. Davies, Claude Gascon, and Chris R. Margules
6. Conservation Priorities for Soil and Sediment Invertebrates
Diana H. Wall, Paul V. R. Snelgrove, and Alan P. Covich
7. Oceans at Risk: Research Priorities in Marine
Mark A. Hixon, P. Dee Boersma, Malcolm L. Hunter Jr.,
Fiorenza Micheli, Elliott A. Norse, Hugh P. Possingham,
and Paul V. R. Snelgrove
8. Conservation Biology and the Health Sciences: Defining the
Research Priorities of Conservation Medicine
Gary M. Tabor, Richard S. Ostfeld, Mary Poss, Andrew P. Dobson,
and A. Alonso Aguirre
9. Global Environmental Change: Effects on Biodiversity
William H. Schlesinger, James S. Clark, Jacqueline E. Mohan,
and Chantal D. Reid
10. Making Smart Conservation Decisions
Hugh P. Possingham, S.J. Andelman, B. R. Noon, S. Trombulak,
and H. R. Pulliam
11. Ecological Restoration: A Key to Conservation
James A. MacMahon and Karen D. Holl
12. Conservation Biology Research: Its Challenges and Contexts
Michael E. Soule and Gordon H. Orians
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